Local Artist Spotlight: TREASVRE

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How did you come up with the name of the band?
We wanted something simple, memorable, poignant but unique.

How would you describe your sound?
Atmospheric rock. It’s a little postrock, a little shoegaze, with prog rock and electronic influences. We draw from a wide swath of musical styles for inspiration, so it’s hard to pin us down as being one specific genre!

When did you first become interested in playing music?
We’ve all been musical from a young age. We were inspired to be in a band ourselves starting in our teens when we began seeing live music and going to shows in the Bay Area. Seeing our favorite bands play on iconic stages like The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall was so motivating to us as young musicians. We wanted to be a part of creating that indescribable live music experience.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
Once we put on a DIY show at a garage in SoMa the same day as Up Your Alley Fair. We had no idea, until the music attracted some show-goers we weren’t expecting. Most of them scantily-clad in their kinky leather outfits! It was a fabulous surprise.

What are you listening to these days?
Goblin, Prince, The National, Joey Landreth, Billy Preston, Phoebe Bridgers, Tiny Gun, Low Roar, Beach Fossils, Ulver, Grails, Just Like Vinyl, Glass Candy, Kano, and Curve, to name a few!

What does music mean to you?

Music is so important, it’s hard to overstate how important it is to us. Music has gotten us through the best and worst moments in our lives. Music is our emotional outlet, our community, and our way of connecting with others. Music is everything!

How’d you guys first get together to play music?
It’s a long story! The short version: it all started as a side project. Now it’s our main squeeze!

What inspires you to write?
We are inspired by the light at the end of the tunnel, the silver lining on dark clouds, the sunshine after a storm. Finding hope in darkness is a huge theme in our music. We write a lot from personal experience, but we also look to other musicians for inspiration. There’s nothing more motivating than seeing live music after seeing a show. We are overflowing with creativity!

What’s the biggest challenge in becoming a musician today?
Being a musician is not just about making music, you have to be a social media manager as well. A lot of musicians don’t feel particularly comfortable promoting themselves online or putting themselves out there constantly on social media. But it’s an important aspect of getting your music out there!

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
Bottom of the Hill, Great American Music Hall, El Rio! We also were big fans of Hemlock Tavern back in the day. We need more small stages!

What are some of your favorites places to hang out in the Bay Area?
Noc Noc, Church of 8 Wheels, Golden Gate Park, Alamo Square, El Rio (again), the Mission, Alice’s Restaurant, Point Reyes Station. The list goes on …

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
We like to ride around on motorcycles 😉

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
Our new single Scarlet Mark!

Photo courtesy of Muddy Paw PR

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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